Vancouver Park Board seeks legal counsel

Vancouver Park Board seeks legal counsel

A Vancouver Park Board Commissioner is hoping some lawful counsel will preserve the board.

Tom Digby is bringing forward a motion up coming 7 days, asking for authorized counsel to examine Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim’s endeavor to do away with the Park Board.

He thinks Sim’s movement is unconstitutional.

“In December, we were being successfully mugged by the mayor in a shock attack when he announced that he meant to abolish the elected Park Board,” Digby stated. “It was absolutely unanticipated simply because he had no rationale, he experienced no rationalization for why the board experienced to be abolished now, after 135 many years.”

At the time, Sim reported the changes to the Park Board would enable the city to deal with Vancouver’s parks and recreation companies “more collaboratively and in harmony with the city’s broader perspectives.” He additional the “system is broken” and cited the reality that Vancouver is the only municipality with an elected Park Board, as a motive to abolish it.

On Feb. 5, Digby’s motion, titled “Independent Lawful Advice for Judicial Review of Mayor’s Movement,” will be offered at a Park Board conference.

“We place collectively a quite huge counter reaction to the mayor and a person of those people elements is, we need to keep authorized counsel so that we can overview what the town is accomplishing,” he claimed. “We believe the mayor is performing way further than his authorized jurisdiction beneath the Vancouver Constitution.”

Digby says he’s doing the job with 3 other independent Park Board commissioners, Laura Christensen, Brennan Bastyovanszky, and Scott Jensen, who say they were being eliminated from the mayor’s social gathering when they mayor’s chief of personnel stated they reportedly selected “not to assistance the mayor” on the dissolution of the Park Board.

He claims all four of them have agreed an elected Park Board is a central aspect of democracy in Vancouver, and he’s hopeful the motion will be a results.

“The motive (the Park Board has) existed for 135 yrs is to stand in the way and make positive the people’s voice is listened to around vital decisions about parks in the metropolis,” Digby explained.

Considering that joining jointly to combat back versus the mayor, Digby suggests he has received hundreds of messages of support for an elected Park Board, together with from previous commissioners who “never agreed on anything traditionally.”

“This is not a battle (the mayor) is most likely to win,” Digby stated.

On Feb. 1, a distinctive meeting will be held by City Councillors Adriane Carr, Christine Boyle and Pete Fry at Town Corridor to listen to the public’s thoughts on the foreseeable future of the Park Board. It will previous from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and advance registration is demanded.

Digby says this is the to start with time a mayor has tried to abolish the Park Board, and he does not feel Sim’s movement will stick.

“I’m hoping we’ll get back on the standard program in relatively short buy and we will not want a lot authorized involvement, due to the fact the regulations are very clear for everybody other than this unique mayor,” he claimed.

CityNews has achieved out to Mayor Ken Sim’s office environment for remark.

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